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Nicholas Stephens

Nicholas Stephens

I am an in IMPRS program PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology at the Department of Human Evolution.
Within human evolution I am broadly interested in morphological, behavioural, technological, and cognitive adaption. My PhD research uses biomechanics and functional morphology to address questions about repetitive behaviours in the Upper Pleistocene (e.g. subsistence tasks such as stone tool manufacture and hide preparation) and the evolution of the human hand. This is achieved by examining and comparing the internal and external morphology of the bones within the hand and interpreting  their response to mechanical loading. 
My previous MSc research at University College London addressed differences between trabecular bone within the thumbs of Neanderthals, Pleistocene Homo sapiens, modern Homo sapiens, and Pan. In addition to this I explored right side versus left trabecular organizational differences within the thumbs of individuals, which is important for detecting hand preference in hominin remains.
I have extensive experience of palaeopathological skeletal analysis of modern human (skeletal) remains in Peru and the United States, as well as various Archaeological and Forensics projects in the United States. 

 

Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig
Germany

phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 361
fax: 0049 (0) 341 3550 399
email: nick_stephenseva.mpg.de